How's the weather up there??? Down here it was consistently around 70 or above, until last Tuesday, when BOOM. 45 degrees all day. Yeah, we froze, but now it's consistently around 55 or above, so no snow for us. :)
This week has been a good one! Many new things were tried, a lot of fun was had, and missionary work happened!
First off, last Sunday we had an amazing lesson with an investigator and were able to put him on date for baptism!, we found out from the less-active family he was living with, that he had to go back to his house with his parents (that's code for he got kicked out). Unfortunately, he lives in Blue Water... in the Gallup stake, in the Farmington Mission... :(
But Taylor, the 10 year old from the Gallup stake, is going to be baptized here! They are going to transfer her records over here to the Laguna Branch, so that is going to be epic!
We have zone conference, so that'll be fantastic, and it will be a lot of fun! Elder Cornelison and I will be giving a training, stay tuned for scenes from our early Christmas episode... :D (Yes, our training is on something for Christmas)
The last week or so, I've been realizing that missionaries have a robot mode, especially when teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the 3rd lesson. A lot of times, we start off with faith in Christ, which is a good starting point, but NOT the best starting point. The first point tells the why of the Gospel of Christ: Through Christ we can be cleansed from sin. Having faith in Christ, repenting, following Christ through baptism and through partaking of the sacrament, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost don't mean as much to me unless I am cleansed from my sin. That just so happens to be the main message that Corianton in the Book of Mormon was supposed to share with the Zoramites (Alma 39: 15-16). As shared in the scripture, this "prepares our minds" for what? For anything that comes our way!! If our minds aren't prepared, it becomes extremely difficult to do anything! So study the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be prepared!
Te whanaunga mo ake tonu!
Elder Eli James Dial